Henry Patching Eleventh Great Grand Uncle
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Henry was a clerk and curate of the parish of Horsham and later he became the vicar of nearby Warnham.

In a deposition to the Star Chamber in 1543 he gave his age as 42.

When his father John died in 1522 his will said " I give and bequeth to henry my sonne xl l sterling of good and lawfull money of England to be duly {….} to hym by myne executors at such tyme as he shall come and be oute of priestehood ".

Henry also inherited some property and a credit control problem -" and to henry pachyng my sonne all my right title of dette and landez which I should of right have of thomas elmley that is to saye certayne landez called Bosert lying in the parishe of west grinstead / and certayne landez called lytill sulle{..} and the rents of the same which the said thomas elmley hath withholden by the space of two yeres and an half to the value of {…} ".
  List of Vicars Warnham
The list of vicars in Warnham Church

Richard Scot the rector of Nuthurst left Henry his " best Cloke " in 1552. Among the witnesses were Henry, William and Thomas Patching.

Henry's name appears as witness in a large number of wills between 1534 and 1556, he is as described curate or parish priest of Horsham.

The Calendar of Patent Rolls records that Henry was presented to the vicarage of Warnham, dioc. Chichester, directed to Cardinal Pole, on the 2nd of July 1557.

On the 15th October 1560 Henry made his will, he was buried in Warnham a month later. "the fifteenth day of November was buryed Sur Harye Pachigne, Vicare of Warham"

Henry's appearance at the Star Court gives us an actual quote from him regarding the case

" the evilest example that was in the County for some long time"

It was quite a story.

Star Court Proceedings, Wynson v. Ede -W68

To The King

Complaint of John Wynson of Horsham, county Sussex, stating that he and Joane Pilforde, the daughter of Henry Pilforde, " for syngular love and favour the one bering the other ", were lawfully contracted in matrimony.
In order to solemnify the same the complainant had not only bought the apparel and necessaries but had caused the banns of marriage to be read in Joane's parish church. Nevertheless the said Henry, Stephen and John Pilforde and John Ede and other evil disposed persons to the number of six, within a short time after at Horsham in a riotous manner with bowes and arrows, bills, staves and swords, assembled and carried off the said Joane in the night time, against her will, and conveyed her to certain secret places, and at length brought her to Southwark, Surrey, where for fears and threats she was compelled against her will to marry the said John Ede.
Joane, at all times remembering her contract and promises to the complainant was greatly grieved in her conscience and ever weeping and lamenting. Fearing that she would repair to the complainant Joane was conveyed back to Horsham "being her native Countrey" in such secret wise and to such secret places where no person can have knowledge of her.
Complainant states that he standeth in fear of his life by reason of the said Henry and his adherents, who charge him with having conveyed away the said Joane.

Our Henry was called to make a deposition on the 26 April 1543.

Henry Paching, clerk, Curate of the parish of Horsham , of the age of forty-two years, deposes that, at the request of the Complainant he thrice asked the banns of marriage between John Wynson and Joane and they were not forbidden. He says that no banns were asked in the church between John Ede and the said Joane, and no licence asked for the same to be made out of the parish, and that Joane was conveyed out of the parish, but by whom and whether willingly or not he cannot say. He further says that the Joane Pilford was absent out of the parish by the space of seven weeks after the banns were asked, and that report is that the marriage between John Ede and Joane Pilford is unlawful, and " the evilest example that was in the County for a long time ".

Other witnesses were:
Emery Hawkins of Horsham, carpenter, aged 56.
John Monnery, husbandman, aged 40.
Ursula Duchman, servant to John Wood, aged 22.
Harry, Stephen and John Pilfold, and John Ede.

Their conflicting versions of the events suggest that perhaps the lady in question was in fact undecided about her admirers.
John Ede admitted taking Joane to Southwark where they were married but he cannot tell whether he can procure her to come to him again, for as much as he knows not where she is now.

Sadly, the book containing the details of the judgement was last heard of in 1719.